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Monday, January 20th (All times Eastern)

Florida Panthers (18-23-7) at Pittsburgh Penguins (34-12-2), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The well-rested Pittsburgh Penguins will try to extend the franchise record for consecutive home wins on Monday when they host the Florida Panthers in a clash at CONSOL Energy Center.

Pittsburgh hasn't played since Wednesday, when it rallied for a 4-3 win over the visiting Washington Capitals. The comeback victory marked the 13th straight win for the Pens on home ice and broke the record of 12 set from Feb. 22-March 30 last season.

All told, the Penguins are 20-3-0 in the Steel City this season and they have an excellent chance at improving that mark on Monday. Not only has Pittsburgh had four days of rest heading into this matchup, but the club also has won eight straight and 11 of its last 12 home games against the Panthers.

Florida has split the last four overall meetings with the Pens, but Pittsburgh has 10 wins in the past 13 encounters in this series.

Pittsburgh is playing the middle portion of a three-game homestand tonight and will close the residency Wednesday against Montreal.

The Pens improved to 5-0-1 in January after Wednesday's thrilling win over the Capitals. Pittsburgh trailed 3-2 after an Alex Ovechkin goal with 11:25 left in the third but Jussi Jokinen scored three minutes later to tie it at 3-3, setting up Olli Maatta's game-winner with 1:54 remaining.

Kris Letang and Taylor Pyatt also scored for the Penguins, who have won 19 of their last 23 games and hold a 13-point lead atop the Atlantic Division. Marc- Andre Fleury earned the win with 25 saves.

"Even though it didn't go our way at times, got down in the third, we kept fighting back and it was a great way to get the 13th win," said Pittsburgh head coach Dan Bylsma.

Pens forward James Neal could be back Monday after sitting out the last game with an upper-body injury. Defenseman Paul Martin, who hasn't played since fracturing his tibia on Nov. 25, is also questionable for tonight's contest.

Florida has lost its last two games in regulation and has dropped eight of its past 12 outings (4-6-2). The Panthers were tied with Carolina after two periods on Saturday, but Alexander Semin scored twice over the final 20 minutes for the Hurricanes to lift them to a 3-2 home decision.

Marcel Goc and Dmitry Kulikov had the goals for the Panthers, while Tim Thomas made 36 stops.

"We made mistakes that were preventable," Thomas said. "That's what's frustrating to me right now."

Florida started a three-game road trip on Saturday and has lost four of its last five on the road. The Panthers are 8-13-3 as the visiting team this season.

01/20 10:43:15 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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